Photographed at the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY
Born and raised in a favela of Rio de Janerio, this rising star of ballet began her career at the age of 8, through a groundbreaking social program that seeks out students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The odds against her, Ingrid flourished under rigorous training. By 18, she had earned the chance to study at the prestigious Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) where she was elevated to a company member in 2013. Soon after, the ballerina brought home a spirited French Bulldog as eccentric as her namesake, Frida Kahlo. Silva credits Frida with helping to maintain her balance as she navigates the demanding life of a professional dancer for DTH while she helms her organization EmpowHerNY, which is a collaborative platform created to give voice to a diverse collective of determined, goal oriented women.
Published: Four and Sons Magazine